Felt Flower Making – An Introduction

I love playing with felt, I always have and when I started planning my wedding I realised it made total sense to make all my flowers out of felt as a way of getting back into my favourite crafting.

No-one warned me how crazy I was! Which is lucky really otherwise I would not have embarked on it otherwise and ended up with such beautiful flowers!

So how to start off making all the flowers for your wedding I hear you ask?

Well first get some felt.  Simple I thought as I filled my basket in Hobbycraft with lovely albeit limited colours.

Then find some patterns.

Yes, well, that too is easier said than done! Hours of Pinterest pinning later and I finally found some tutorials that gave me more than just a few rose patterns.  By that point I had lots of roses, none of them on wire and all of them a bit basic.  I finally found two great resources for patterns:

Something Turquoise and LiaGriffith

I also started to design my own when I couldn’t find patterns for the flowers I wanted to make.  I intend to share more tutorials with you as time goes on.

I also realised that the colour range available from Hobbycraft was not varied enough for the effect I wanted, so I looked online and found Colourful Felt and wow do they have a great range of colours!  Also I learned that better quality felt created far better flowers.

To illustrate, here are some pictures of cabbage roses made using Hobbycraft felt versus the higher quality (and albeit slightly more expensive) Colourful Felt (CF) felt.

The Hobbycraft felt is thicker and less pliable than the CF felt so the flower looks less refined using the thicker felt. Also you end up with a thicker flower with the same number of petals and the colour is slightly duller.

So my advice when first starting out:

  • Find the flower ranges you want to re-create in felt and pin like a crazy person using Pinterest
  • Check out the patterns at Something Turquoise and LiaGriffith
  • Order some good quality felt, don’t waste money on inferior felt it really isn’t worth it.  Colourful Felt offer samples, so order as many of those as you can (you may have to place several separate orders) to match your colourway before ordering
  • Where possible order polyester, it is far smoother and more pliable than the pure wool (also cheaper), but if the colour you want only comes in wool don’t be put off, some of mine are wool only and still look great
  • Lastly, experiment.  Some of my best flowers have come from just cutting out petals and randomly sticking them around a centre-piece on some wire
  • Get some good equipment including good quality scissors, glue gun, cutting mats and floral wire.  I’ll be posting on what I use in the next week or so

I’ll be posting tutorials over the coming months, so watch this space for them!

Please note, I am not an affiliate for any of the above companies mentioned.  These views are my own and are not paid for in any way.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    Felt and velvet, two of my favourites in the fabric bag. Those roses look almost real as well! When’s the wedding chick?


    1. stuffnfings says:

      Ditto, the roses were hard work but worth it! July will be the big day, expect I’ll be sharing some wedding planning panics on here at some point! xx

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! I made my own fabric flowers for my wedding last year and I agree that it is a very big task but it is really worth it! You’ve inspired me to write a similar blog.

    Best of luck for the wedding (if it hasn’t taken place already) – your flowers are beautiful!


    1. stuffnfings says:

      Thanks!! Yes we are just back from honeymoon so lots more posts to come. Do let me know when you’ve written your post. X


  3. Chrustine says:

    Hi, thank you so much for all the great information! I am smitten with the wreath (or maybe bouquet) that you have at the top of your post. Do you sell a PDF or do you do a tutorial on it? Even a listing of the colors and flower types would be wonderful!


    1. stuffnfings says:

      Hi there, thank you! I think that image is of my flower crown I made for my wedding day and now offer on my etsy shop (www.feltnfings.etsy.com), I wrote a short guide on assembling it here: https://stuffnfings.com/2017/05/07/diy-felt-flower-crown/
      I have tutorials on my etsy shop for some flowers including the chrysanthemums and billy buds I used. I also made lisanthus buds and cabbage roses/peonies for that particular crown. I haven’t yet written the tutorial for those though. The colours I used were my favourite colours! Teal blue, raspberry red, red, apple/lime green and a splash of bubblegum pink! I’d love to see what you end up making! Feel free to share with me either here or on my instagram, http://www.instagram.com/feltnfings. Anya


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